Condensed Matter Seminar Series

Time-Reversal-Invariant Topological Superconductivity

Fan Zhang

University of Pennsylvania

Tuesday March 25,  11:30 am,  Room 298,  Physics Building

Abstract:  The discovery of topological band insulators has created a revolution in condensed matter physics. We generalize the essential idea of band inversion and symmetry protection to experimentally feasible superconducting systems with time-reversal symmetry. When such a one-dimensional system becomes topological nontrivial, a Majorana Kramers pair appears on the boundary, producing quantized tunneling conductance plateaus and unprecedented fractional Josephson effects.  The latter effects have two significant implications: (i) the existence of a "periodic building" unifying all the free-fermion topological systems and (ii) the possibility of fractionalization in superconductors.

Host: Harold Baranger

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